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The Weekend Desk Report

Natasha Julius is away this weekend on a mission of national import, so I'm filling in. One clue: the first, fifth and seventh letters to her name. We hope she returns soon.

DRose By Any Other Name Is Jay Cutler
Bulls former star and standardized test activist Derrick Rose will have an MRI on Saturday while the rest of the city will be given oxygen. At least that will distract the whiners from being reminded they live in Chicago.

Good Enough For Government Vendor Work
Ventra Says It's 'On Track.'

No pun intended, other restrictions may apply.

Shot Across The Bow
Madigan Warns Of Fake 'Charities.'

Red Flag: Excessive promises about children.

Kid Stuff
The Chicago Toy & Game Fair is this weekend at Navy Pier's Festival Hall. Here's what we're excited to check out:

  • Parker Brothers to introduce Chicago City Council game with 3D-printed rubber stamps and non-stain ink that doesn't leave fingerprints.
  • The Chicago version of Monopoly's new Chance card: You're mentally ill, go directly to Cook County Jail.
  • The Ventra 4 Kids card: Teach kids what it's like to be an adult; every time they tap, money is deducted from their allowance - sometimes twice!
  • The new Chicago Chess Board: All the black squares are on side and the white squares on the other. There is only one king and moves aren't allowed without his permission. There are nearly 3 million pawns, but for practicality's sake they are represented by 50 bishops. Wait, that's not new at all.



The Weekend Desk Tip Line: Fun, games.


The College Football Report: Who Needs A Palate Cleanser?


The Blue & Orange Kool-Aid Report: Local Blackout Drunk.


The Sound Opinions Weekend Listening Report: Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot pay tribute to Lou Reed and review the new record from M.I.A.


The CAN TV Weekend Viewing Report: CAN TV brings you local, relevant issues from Chicago's neighborhoods and communities. See what's happening around the city in education, the arts, government, cultural events, social services and community activities.

Elephant and Worm TV


This Emmy-nominated program hosted by the Elephant and Worm Educational Theater Company brings stories told by kids to life.

Saturday at 12 p.m. on CAN TV19.


The Feminine Mystique at 50

Newberry Library and the Chicago Area Women's History Council celebrate the 50th anniversary of Betty Friedan's The Feminine Mystique with "The Feminine Mystique at 50: Reflecting On The Book That Inspired, Angered And Forever Changed America."

Historians Reflect On The Feminine Mystique


Scholars including Elizabeth Fraterrigo of Loyola University examine The Feminine Mystique's historical impact on the role of women and American society.

Sunday at 9 a.m. on CAN TV21.


A Presentation Of The Norton Critical Edition Of The Feminine Mystique


Kirsten Fermaglich and Lisa Fine, editors of the Norton Critical Edition of The Feminine Mystique, share the insights they learned while preparing Norton's version of the seminal work.

Sunday at 11 a.m. on CAN TV21.


Activists Reflect On The Feminine Mystique


Moderator Mary Ann Johnson of the Chicago Area Women's Council and a roundtable of activists connect the influence of The Feminine Mystique with current feminism and women's rights movements.

Sunday at 12:30 p.m. on CAN TV21.


Groundswell: Challenging the U.S. War on Drugs


Margot Worfolk of the Chicago Religious Leadership Network on Latin America, joins this examination of the impact of the U.S. drug war on countries of the Americas and communities in the U.S.

Sunday at 2 p.m. on CAN TV21.


The Journey Towards Marriage Equality in Illinois


Students from UIC's School of Communication discuss the recent passage of same-sex marriage legislation in Illinois on a live, interactive show.

Monday at 4 p.m. on CAN TV21 and at


Posted on November 23, 2013

MUSIC - Millions Of New Guitar Players.
TV - "One America News" is AT&T.
POLITICS - When Wall Street Came To My Mobile Home Park.
SPORTS - Tonyball, Bears On The Run, Eyes On The Sky & More!

BOOKS - China Holding Swedish Publisher.


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